HC Deb 12 May 1998 vol 312 c66W
Dr. Whitehead

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what targets he has set for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. [41925]

Ms Glenda Jackson

The following key targets have been set for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The targets are set out in MCA's Business Plan, copies of which will be placed in the Library.ensure that at least 60 per cent. of operators and crew of UK registered fishing vessels are aware of the safety standards promulgated by MCA. follow up at least 95 per cent. of significant breaches of safety and environmental aspects of Merchant Shipping legislation to determine whether prosecution is appropriate. decide on the search and rescue (S AR) response to accidents and life-threatening situations, and to initiate action, if necessary, within 5 minutes of being alerted in at least 95 per cent. of cases. complete at least 90 per cent. of key tasks and also complete at least 95 per cent. of the agreed planned programme of inspections and surveys.